This has been another successful year for the Deeley Group with – we hope – some good news just around the corner in 2020.
We have developed a strong pipeline of work through Deeley Construction with a number of wins and we believe we are well placed for that to continue over the next 12 months, whatever might be on the political horizon!
A great deal of thanks should go to Martin Gallagher and his team who have taken Construction from strength to strength.
Deeley Homes has been revitalised and is extremely busy. The division successfully launched its first development for a number of years – The Meadows at Pillerton Priors – and it is selling very well.
Moreton Edge, in the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh, will launch next year and we are confident it will prove just as popular.
We were joined by Eleanor Deeley in the autumn not only bringing 20 years of national property experience but also ensuring the guiding principles of the company are maintained.
As the year draws to a close, we heard that Fordham House, which we developed and built in partnership with Orbit, has won a second national award, while Deeley Construction has been appointed to the University of Warwick’s Lot 1 Capital Programme Framework for projects up to the value of £2 million over the next five years across the site, as one of only three Tier 1 contractors.
I would like to thank all our clients, partners and colleagues for all the work and co-operation and wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director
Brickwork students teamed up with a regional construction company to get real-life, on the job experience in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.
Deeley Construction were approached by Ryton Parish Council about a wall that was in need of repair in the village and three students from Rugby College stepped in to help with the community project.
Jeff Annor, Lewis Fordham and Poushigan Savarajan are all brickwork students at the college, which is part of WCG (Warwickshire College Group).
They were tasked with completing a ‘Brick on edge’ course on the walls – which provided an opportunity for the Rugby Colleges Brickwork Award students to get hands on experience of working on a real-world project.
The bricks were provided by the local community, with mortar supplied by Deeley Construction.
Deeley Construction is working in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group, Rugby Borough Council and Homes England, on a £3.9 million development of 21 affordable homes in the village.
The firm is a member of The 5% Club, which focuses on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “We were approached by Councillor Steve Witter from Ryton Parish Council about undertaking some remedials to a brick wall near our housing development in the town.
“After agreeing to undertake the work, we recognised it would be a fantastic opportunity to give trainee bricklayers a chance to test out the skills they have developed at college in a real construction project.
“We engaged with WCG, who sent students from their Rugby College site to complete the works – and they did a fantastic job.
“At Deeley Construction we have a long-standing commitment to helping to develop the next generation of construction professionals and look forward to working more with students from the college in the future.”
Rugby College Construction Lecturer Will Dewes accompanied the students on the day and said it is important trainee construction workers gain experience like this during their course.
Will said: “We would like to thank Deeley Construction for coming to us with this great opportunity for our students to assist in a valued community project.
“The students who completed the work are Brickwork Award students, so to gain any hands-on experience like this is vital to their development, allowing them to put what they learn in college in to practice.
“As part of their study programme, our brickwork students are required to complete industry placements and small projects such as this are perfect preparation for those placements.”
WCG offers a range of Brickwork and Construction courses for all levels and ages of learners. For further information, go to www.wcg.ac.uk or call 0300 456 0049.
Fordham House – a development of high-quality, private rented apartments in Stratford-upon-Avon on which the Deeley Group played a significant role – has won a prestigious, national award.
The Orbit scheme, situated on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road – which features 82 high-quality homes, picked up the ‘Best Build For Rent Development’ award at the Inside Housing Development Awards.
The awards ceremony, which is now in its third year, took place at the O2 in London and showcases the best in new housing development right across the UK.
Work started on the award-winning site in 2016 and took two years to complete with all apartments now fully let.
The development was brought to market through a partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects, with Deeley Construction as design and build contractors.
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are thrilled for Orbit that Fordham House has won such a nationally recognised award.
“It is a great example of how partnership working can create a development that brings economic, social and regenerative benefits to a community.
“The Deeley Group played a major role in Fordham House over many years before Deeley Construction started work on-site and we are very proud to be part of this award-winning development.”
Fordham House, which picked up Residential Property of the Year at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards West Midlands earlier in 2019, is owned and managed by Orbit, with Stratford Town Trust continuing to retain the freehold.
A new £6.8 million development that will house older people in the centre of Coventry has hit new heights.
The project, which will be known as Bond’s Lodge, is the final piece of the jigsaw at Belgrade Plaza and is the creation of a three-storey building, featuring 45 self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments for the elderly.
Deeley Construction is working on behalf of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities to carry out the project, which has been designed by Nicol Thomas Architects, and is expected to be complete in spring 2020.
It is being funded from the Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities’ own resources, fundraising, a grant from Homes England and a loan from the Charity Bank. The development has been awarded to Deeley Construction under the Homes England DPP3 framework.
Many of the partners involved in Bond’s Lodge – as well as John Crabtree OBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands – met for a traditional topping out ceremony which marks the moment that a building reaches its highest point.
And with just a matter of months before it is complete, there are already residents lined up to occupy several of the new homes.
Victor Keene MBE, Chairman of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, said: “We are very grateful to our Lord-Lieutenant for taking the time out to come and see how the project here is taking shape.
“There is a great deal of anticipation about Bond’s Lodge and it wouldn’t have been possible without the Deeley Group, who have been great partners on this project, which has been talked about for many years and also the support from Homes England.
“It is great to see the dream of adding this to our other Almhouses here in the city centre which provide homes for elderly people in Coventry.”
The Almshouses, now run by Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, were founded in the early 1500s and today are sheltered housing schemes for elderly citizens in the city.
Since the Second World War, the charity has engaged in two major projects in Hill Street, the building of Bond’s Court in 1985 and the extension of Bond’s Hospital in 2004.
With the completion of Bond’s Lodge, the number of residents will have risen from 11 in 1506 to more than 150 in 2020.
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “It is great to see the progress that the team is making on what will be a very welcome addition to Belgrade Plaza, providing much-needed homes for older people in the community.
“It is the final part of what is a genuinely mixed-use scheme for Coventry and it’s fantastic to see it reach its highest point.”
John Crabtree OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, added: “I really enjoyed the visit and it is wonderful to see a development of this quality that will be providing much-needed homes for older members of the community.
“It’s a great example of how working in partnership between the public, private and charitable sector can deliver great results.”
Pictured (left to right): Victor Keene MBE (Chairman of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities), Eleanor Deeley (Deeley Group), Nikki Finnegan (Homes England), John Crabtree OBE (Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands)
The Deeley Group will be helping fellow Coventry and Warwickshire businesses cast an eye into the future of the region across a number of in-depth seminars.
The company will welcome business leaders and associates from across the region to two engaging discussions at their Herald Avenue headquarters, and will be supporting another event held in Leamington as part of this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival.
The first of two seminars hosted by Deeley Group asks the question ‘How do we enhance Coventry & Warwickshire?’ and will take place on Wednesday, November 13.
Speakers including Bill Blincoe, Planning and Development Adviser at Coventry & Warwickshire LEP as well as Rob Bennett, Associate at SQW Limited and David Harley, Head of Regeneration at independent regeneration company Be First will go into detail on the need for a strong planning policy as well as public and private sector collaboration in order to support regional growth.
Guests and speakers will also be looking at ways to aid development in a planning and biodiversity seminar on Wednesday, November 20.
The session will feature expert advice from two leading organisations, Barton Willmore and Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants, on recent changes to the planning system and how to deliver biodiversity requirements. It will also feature insight from Deeley Group Development Director Anthony Holt.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “Playing such an active role in this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival gives us the chance to share our knowledge and research with our peers throughout the region and look to the future as a collective.
“We will be welcoming a range of high-profile speakers as part of our panels, with our Development Director Anthony Holt taking the floor to discuss a developer’s view on planning and biodiversity.
“The festival is set to be bigger than ever before and we are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible across the three sessions.”
The Deeley Group will support a third event hosted by Leamington-based law firm Wright Hassall discussing Innovation in Construction on Tuesday, November 19.
It will be ran in association with Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.
The event will feature experts showcasing the latest technology advancements that can help the construction industry streamline their operations and encourage innovation.
For more information on the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival or to sign up to any of the events visit www.cwbusinessfestival.com
Pupils at a Coventry primary school became painters and then decorators as part of a project aimed at celebrating the city’s most important buildings.
The project formed part of “Coventry – This is my City”, a week-long event that introduced students at Holy Family primary school to the history of the city.
Pupils from a range of year groups were visited by local artists Lesley Whelan and Laura John who were on hand to share their knowledge and expertise.
Armed with their sketch books and pencils, the children researched some of Coventry’s most significant buildings and monuments, including the Lady Godiva Statue, the Ricoh Arena and Holy Family church.
Sketching the outlines in pencil, the students then added a splash of colour to create a series of bold and expressive paintings, which were then blown up and installed in the KS2 playground for children, parents and visitors to enjoy courtesy of the Deeley Group which sponsored the project.
Design & Technology teacher, Mrs Danielle Newman, was impressed by the quality of the student’s work and heralded the project a success.
“The children were excited to find out more about some of Coventry’s most important buildings and monuments.
“Lesley and Laura encouraged the students to express themselves and the results speak for themselves – the pictures are exceptional!”
According to Mrs Newman, not only did the project give students the chance to develop their artistic skills, it demonstrated the relationship between art and design.
“It was really interesting because by sketching the buildings, the children were introduced to the concept of architecture.
“We are also very grateful to the Deeley Group for their support. Projects like this are so important for young learners.”
Mrs Newman added: “It has definitely piqued their interests in art and design as well as their city.”
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, was delighted to be invited to the school to view some of the artwork.
“It was a real pleasure to meet the budding artists at Holy Family. The paintings were splendid – I was very impressed by the level of detail.
“The project exemplifies how business can help schools in our community. All of us at the Deeley Group were thrilled to be involved.”